2010 to the Present
Central to my publications and presentations is Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, launched on WordPress in September, 2011. The blog is designed, composed and managed personally. I update it continually. Some 200 nations have visited its pages.
In addition, the past few years I have begun creating videos (visual stories) using YouTube Video Editor. Follow this link to reach my YouTube channel.
- Association of Donor Relations Professionals conference at Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia, June 8 and 9, 2017. An early version of my Prezi may be viewed by following this link. I will be speaking the first day at 3:00 p.m. on, “Taking a Step Back Will Lead You Forward.”
- Coffee Chat at the Regional Foundation Library, Austin. On May 25, I enjoyed discussing asking for major gifts, and turning difficult situations into positive outcomes. What a great group – committed to so many important missions – and such marvelous questions! By the way, if anyone attending this event (or reading this page) has additional questions, use the secure contact form to reach me.
- 2017 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action conference, May 19 at the Irving Convention Center, “Asking for Major Gifts: Expecting the Unexpected.” My thanks go to Enterprise for providing travel support through a discount to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (I have been a member since 1985). I was delighted to have a “full house,” and so many excellent questions.
- In April, 2017 Bloomerang kindly invited me to write a blog post on volunteers and volunteering. Here is a link to, “Think Volunteers Are More Trouble Than They Are Worth? Think Again.”
- Sam Houston Association of Computer Scientists, Sam Houston State University, “Tech Solutions: Nonprofit Communications and Fundraising,” March 4 during the FutureTech Conference. Follow this link to my slide deck on SlideShare.
- I was pleased to be quoted by Ricky Ribeiro of BizTech Magazine in, “4 Pearls of Wisdom for Nonprofit Technology in 2017” (February 13).
- NetSquared, “Creating a Remarkable Meetup,” ReadyTalk webinar for NetSquared organizers globally on Meetup platform best practices, tips and hands-on guidance in Meetup profile creation and management, February 7. My introductory slide deck is posted on Slideshare. Here is a recording of my talk on YouTube.
- Nonprofit Ally, “Insider Tips from a Professional Grant Writer” podcast (recorded January 6), is now live. This is an hour of discussion about grant writing from the perspective of senior level grant writer, including issues that affect grant writing (things that are in your control, and those that are not), and more.
- Nonprofit Ally, “Giving Thanks” (November 27). I became a founding “Ally” on the organization’s new website. This is my first article for them.
- NTEN Connect, a publication of NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network, “Technology Adoption in the Workplace: A View from the Trenches” (May 18). Thanks to NTEN for sharing my musings on this important topic.
- National Catholic Development Conference, Dimensions, “Mailing Lists: God Is In The Details” (October/November 2015 issue). This is an article from my primary website, Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, reprinted. I was honored to be included in the primary development journal for Catholic fundraisers. You may know that I have volunteered to help my colleagues in the Catholic Church in prior years, both for private school (advice for volunteer fundraisers), and for special projects like the cathedral organ in Corpus Christi. I am Episcopalian, but I am very fond especially of Pope Francis who like me, is an environmental advocate.
- I spoke to the Coastal Bend Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on August 25. The focus of the talk was on the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential. The discussion ranged from the formal process and how to study to take the CFRE examination, to personal perspectives with both the CFRE and current nonprofit support organizations I believe to be the most helpful today, like NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network.
- “Blogging Your Nonprofit Career on WordPress” was a presentation I gave during WordPress Day at the Austin Convention Center in March, immediately prior to the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference. My slide deck is posted on SlideShare. I wrote an article a few years ago about this topic on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog (several supportive links are provided at the conclusion). In brief, I discussed how I “hacked” WordPress and the thought process involved in writing Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, which has since launching in 2011 welcomed visitors from some 200 nations.
- Thanks to NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network for including me in, “NTEN Member Roundup” (January 6).
- Follow the link to Texas Non Profits for an article featuring my predictions, “2015 and Beyond: Fundraising Predictions” (December 31).
- Click on the photograph above to listen to a one-hour podcast by Steve Vick of Nonprofit Ally (October). Steve interviewed me about “asking.” The podcast also discusses approaching corporations for funding. Several personal examples are provided. Texans will enjoy a bit of nonprofit history, and shout-outs go to GuideStar, NTEN, Asking Matters, Texas Nature Conservancy, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Bloomerang, late friend and mentor Richard C. Bartlett and more.
- I gave a presentation called, “Fundraising Predictions: 2014 and Beyond” for the Texas Library Association (June 9). To see more recent discussions along this line, go to Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog.
- I enjoyed giving a presentation during the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference at the Irving Convention Center, “Digital ‘Do It Yourself’ for Major Gift Professionals” (June). Thanks to my audience, I was pleased to have had a packed room.
- I was part of a team of teachers involved in the CFRE Review Course in Austin June 9-10. My session focused on donor and prospective donor research and related best practices. I also helped teach the capital campaign module for the CFRE Review Course in summer, 2008.
- Bloomerang Google+ Hangout (video) with Steven Shattuck, “Tips for Working At or With a Start-up Nonprofit” (March). Among other things, good advice for all those Boomers wanting to launch new nonprofits!
- Bloomerang, “The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Grant Writing and Research” (February). The title is not mine, but I am honored they chose it for this piece.
- AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action presentation at the Irving Convention Center, “Social Media: Major & Planned Giving Applications” (June).
- GuideStar case studies (2013): 1) GuideStar as a research solution; and 2) GuideStar and meeting with prospective donors and professional advisors. I use GuideStar in my research and urge nonprofits to update and expand upon their GuideStar profiles, as many donors review their worthiness by reviewing GuideStar and prior tax returns.
- Bloomerang, “Amplify Your Nonprofit’s Impact with Social Media” (Summer).
- Prior to WealthEngine’s website redesign, I wrote a popular article for its blog, WealthWorks, “Volunteering & Charitable Giving” (Spring). If you visit Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, read “High Tech Research Worth the Investment” to get a general idea about my experiences with WealthEngine. To read about volunteering, follow this link to, “Volunteering and Charitable Giving.”
- NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network, CHANGE, “Engaging Major Donors with New Media” (December, article on page 26).
- Grasshopper Blog: Insights for Entrepreneurs, “Let Grasshopper Handle Your RSVPs” (September). I do appear on the Grasshopper “Happy Customer” page, and to this day, I receive calls about my experiences with this wonderful phone call management system.
- Margaret Battistelli wrote for Fundraising Success, “NTC: Roundup: Major Gift Fundraising and Social Media” (April 20). Margaret attended my talk during the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference at CNN Center in Atlanta, and I appreciated her coverage. My slide deck for this presentation on SlideShare ranked in the top ten from the conference for a year, even though my talk was expected to be of modest interest. As an aside, this slide deck was my first on SlideShare. Since then, more than 60,000 have visited my page on the platform.
During my university days while attending graduate school, I authored and co-authored a number of art and art history articles in scholarly publications, from The University of Texas Press to The Magazine Antiques. Please refer to LinkedIn for information about these earlier pursuits. Questions? Contact me any time via the secure contact form provided on this website.